How to handle prostate cancer recurrence

Cancer cell How to handle prostate cancer recurrence Prostate cancer recurrence is the most common question we receive here at the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The chances of your prostate cancer returning depend on your particular prostate cancer and the circumstances of your diagnosis and treatment.   The article below, from the Harvard prostate knowledge center, provides a great deal of insight. I found it personally very helpful. Marc B. Garnick, M.D., discusses what biochemical recurrence means and what your options are “Am I going to die?” This is the first question a patient usually asks me when a follow-up blood test reveals that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level has risen after he has already undergone treatment for prostate cancer (usually a radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy). The fear is understandable: When PSA levels rise to a certain threshold after prostate cancer treatment, the patient has suffered what is known technically as a biochemical recurrence, sometimes also referred to as a biochemical relapse or stage D1.5 disease. Whatever term is used, it means that prostate cancer remains within the prostate after radiation therapy, that it survived outside the excised area after radical prostatectomy, or that it […] read more

Two Simple Ways to Reduce Your Prostate Cancer Risk in 2016

PCAP Founder Robert Warren Hess Why Losing 10 Pounds is One of My Key Anti-Cancer Goals for 2016 January is the month we all make New Year’s resolutions that are important to us. If you are a prostate cancer survivor, or a cancer survivor of any type, modifying your health habits can have a profound effect on your cancer outcome and your quality of life. American Cancer Society research shows that fully one third of all cancers are related to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I started riding my bicycle again right after my treatment for prostate cancer in May 2003, and bicycling has been a key element of my personal cancer battle plan every since. Since my treatment in May of 2003, I have risen 27,318.28 miles, more than once around the world at the equator, and climbed almost 600,000 vertical feet. This equates to 1,238,428 calories burned, or 353.84 pounds of fat. The results? I dropped from 165 lb. to an almost optimal weight of 150 lb., felt better, slept better, and earned two Southern California state cycling championships in track riding at the velodrome. More importantly, my PSA stayed in the .02 – .06 range for that entire period. Bad Luck […] read more

Medicare Approves New Tool for Prostate Cancer Recurrence Assessment

Medicare Now Covers Oncotype DX Testing Oncotype DX is a genomic test that can help predict near- and long-term outcomes in prostate cancer. About half of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer could be treated with active surveillance for a period of time. The Oncotype DX test is a genomic test that can help in determining the aggressiveness of a prostate cancer case and it’s likelihood of recurrence after treatment. “More than 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States alone. The Medicare coverage decision extends reimbursement for Oncotype DX testing to prostate cancer patients defined as low- and very low-risk by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), who are eligible based on clinical and pathological factors such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and Gleason score.” The effective date for Medicare coverage will be after the 45-day notice period according to Palmetto GBA’s process. This should be sometime near the end of September 2015. Prostate Cancer’s Enigma Science is learning more about prostate cancer all of the time, but there still are many unknowns. With more than 20 different varieties of prostate cancer, the biggest challenge is determining which are the aggressive types that claim the lives of […] read more

The Number 1 Way to Boost Your Immune System and Help Your Body Keep Cancer at Bay

The Number 1 Way to Boost Your Immune System and Help Your Body Keep Cancer at Bay Why getting too little sleep may help your cancer recur. read more

The Number 1 Way to Boost Your Immune System and Help Your Body Keep Cancer at Bay

Why getting too little sleep may help your cancer recur. read more

5 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Cancer in America. Are We Winning or Losing? 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Cancer Risk. by Robert Warren Hess Globally, cancer is on the increase, fueled by our lifestyle choices. The most read article on our blog deals with prostate cancer recurrence. Take a minute and review this important video by clicking on the image at the right. I implemented everyone of these five suggestions after my diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer 12 years ago. My prostate cancer remains in remission, with my annual PSA results consistently in the .02  – .04 band. I don’t know if these lifestyle changes made the difference, but my prostate cancer has not returned and I feel great. I’m currently training to compete at the World Master’s Track Cycling Champions in Manchester, England in October of this year. Four Simple Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk If you are concerned about cancer or your cancer returning, I suggest these simple steps … Watch the video Decide which lifestyle changes you can implement Follow this blog for tips on how to make those changes – and make them stick Join me in my second around the world on my bicycle […] read more

5 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Cancer in America. Are We Winning or Losing? 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Cancer risk. by Robert Warren Hess Globally, cancer is on the increase, fueled by our lifestyle choices. The most read article on our blog deals with prostate cancer recurrence. Take a minute and review this important video by clicking on the image at the right. I implemented everyone of these five suggestions after my diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer 12 years ago. My prostate cancer remains in remission, with my annual PSA results consistently in the .02  – .04 band. I don’t know if these lifestyle changes made the difference, but my prostate cancer has not returned and I feel great. I’m currently training to compete at the World Master’s Track Cycling Champions in Manchester, England in October of this year. Four Simple Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk If you are concerned about cancer or your cancer returning, I suggest these simple steps … Watch the video Decide which lifestyle changes you can implement Follow this blog for tips on how to make those changes – and make them stick Join me in my second around the world on my bicycle […] read more

What’s the Real Cost of Eating Healthy?

Picture of man with groceries One of the key elements in surviving and preventing prostate cancer is what we eat. Here’s a very interesting piece on the Huffington Post about the real cost of eating health: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/builtlean/health-food-on-a-budget_b_4245563.html It looks like an apple a day is a pretty good deal! Be sure and activate your free prostate cancer early detection tool at ProstateTracker.org. Do it right now! read more